LONDON: The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said Saturday.An activist opposed to both IS and the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is well-known to the British business broadsheet, said he had “verified 100 executions” of foreign IS fighters trying to leave the jihadist group’s de facto capital.IS fighters in Raqqa said the group has created a military police to clamp down on foreign fighters who do not report for duty. Dozens of homes have been raided and many jihadists have been arrested, the FT reported.Some jihadists have become disillusioned with the realities of fighting in Syria, reports have said.According to the British press in October, five Britons, three French, two Germans and two Belgians wanted to return home after complainin...
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film...
NEW DELHI: An Indian diplomat at the center of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped...
GENEVA, Switzerland: The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since previous WHO figures were issued on D...
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli aircraft hit Gaza for the first time since an August truce ended 50 days of war after a rocket hit the Jewish state, witnesses and the army said early Saturday.A spokesman for Gaza’s health ministry said there were no casualties in the air strike, which came just hours after the rocket hit an open field in southern Israel on Friday without causing casualties or damage.It was onl...

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The multibillion-riyal Riyadh metro project has already seen hundreds of Saudi graduates employed and trained, said Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.Prince Turki said those employed had graduated from universities abroad where they had studied under the King Abdullah Scholarship...
Several religious leaders in Saudi Arabia have slammed those who killed 149 people in an attack on a Pakistan school. They include Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, Grand Mosque imam and khateeb Sheikh Saleh Abu Talib, and Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, president of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs.“What crime did these...
The Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA) will sign up an American firm next month to check the education qualifications of expatriates seeking accreditation to practice in the Kingdom.Abdullah Ahmad Al-Maghmaas, secretary general of the SOCPA, said the organization does not have the resources to carry...
Under the patronage of Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Federation of GCC Chambers will be organizing the closing ceremony of the 2nd Gulf campaign for the “GCC Inventors 2014” in Riyadh on Monday.The program, which is being organized in cooperation with the UN-ESCWA Technology C...
In a new development, the Ministry of Transport has made it mandatory for taxi firms to install communication and tracking systems in their vehicles in order to reduce and eventually put an end to cabs roaming the streets, saying that the new system will increase taxi drivers’ efficiency by 20 percent. Taxi operators have t...
Three masked men shot a Saudi man in the foot in Awamiyah on Thursday, according to the Eastern Province police. The 40-year-old Saudi man was hit in the ankle as he was supervising road works being carried out by expatriate workers. He is currently under treatment at the Safwa General Hospital in Qatif.Awamiyah near Qatif...
A local businesswoman here has called on the government to ease red tape for women entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia.Current regulations and bureaucracy is hampering the development of businesses run by women, said Aisha Natu. “Women don’t only want to be seen, they want to actively participate and translate their aspirations i...
The government's nationalization plan has been more difficult to apply for some businesses than others, with over 212,000 going out of business this year for not employing Saudis. The failure to meet the Saudization target has also led many businesses to cook the books, a phenomenon that now affects 50 percent of the Kingdo...
An international consulting company has been asked to conduct a comprehensive study of the salary scale for Saudi nationals in the government sector. The study aims to prepare a booklet for conditions and specifications which determine a ‘flexible’ salary structure in light of the surging inflation and rising cost of living...
Since a high percentage of the Kingdom’s residents enroll their children in private schools, Saudi businesswomen have found a unique and rewarding area of investors.Estimates show that around 47 percent of Saudi stakeholders opt to invest in the education sector, mostly driven by their passion to invest in areas that contri...
There are 700 cases of disputes between workers and their employees currently being dealt with by the labor office in Asir, Supervisor General of Human Rights Commission Hadi Al-Yami said in a statement recently.While the Labor Disputes Committee is dealing with these cases, liaison officers have been appointed in the HRC a...
Director-General of Education in Jeddah Abdullah Al-Thaqafi says that 95 percent of fire accidents in Jeddah’s schools are due to electrical short-circuits.The security and safety administration which conducts monthly checks on schools came out with this finding, Al-Thaqafi told Arab News.Al-Thaqafi added that his administr...
Bashan House in downtown Jeddah has won the title of cultural symbol and will be turned into a cultural center. The decision was announced by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed. Prince Mishaal is also the chairman of the Supreme Committee for Jeddah's Historical Festival.The verdict came in the framework of recent municip...

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BEIRUT: Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in the contested northern Syrian town...

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities say bombs targeting commercial streets and an army pa...

BAGHDAD: Abu Murtada Al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq’s top S...

ANKARA: Dozens of demonstrators were arrested on Saturday in the Turkish capital...

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group has publicly executed a Syrian it accused of pla...

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KIEV: Russia accused the West on Saturday of fueling unrest in Ukraine by adopti...

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on el...

GENEVA, Switzerland: The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected count...

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in shelvi...

CAIRNS, Australia: Police said Saturday they had arrested the mother of all but...

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KUALA LUMPUR: Thailand won the ASEAN Cup for a record-equaling fourth time on Sa...

MADRID: Luis Suarez scored his first La Liga goal and Lionel Messi netted twice...

LONDON: Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday to move level with P...

MUMBAI: Atletico de Kolkata were crowned the winners of the inaugural Indian Sup...

BRISBANE: Mitchell Johnson inspired Australia to a four-wicket win over India to...

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Net profits of the listed retail firms grew by 11.2 percent to SR 803 million in the third quarter of the current year compared to SR722.5 million in the same period last...
LONDON: How low can it go — and how long will it last? The 50 percent slump in oil prices raises both those questions and while nobody can confidently answer the first question (I will try to in a moment), the second is pretty easy.Low oil prices will last long enough for one of two events to happen. The first possibility,...
CHICAGO: Crude oil production from US wells is poised to approach a 42-year record next year as drillers ignore the recent decline in price pointing them in the opposite direction.US energy producers plan to pump more crude in 2015 as declining equipment costs and enhanced drilling techniques more than offset the collapse i...
ALGIERS: With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.Though its problems are dwarfed by the impact on Russia for example, Algeria may have to rein back many of the policies it has held dear over many years. Generous subsidies, for one, may have to be sc...
NEW DELHI: India’s finance minister has urged opposition parties to cooperate in passage of economic reform legislation, warning otherwise Asia’s third-largest economy “will miss the bus” again.The traditionally fractious parliament has been stalled yet again by political rows that have hindered efforts by the new governmen...
BERLIN: European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio said in a magazine interview he expected the euro zone inflation rate to turn negative in the coming months but that if this was just a temporary phenomenon, he did not see a risk of deflation.Annual inflation in the euro zone slowed to 0.3 percent in November as...
The National Petrochemical Industrial Co. (NATPET), a Saudi joint stock company, has revealed that 74 percent of the GCC’s polymer capacity, amounting to 17.6 million tons, was produced in the Kingdom in 2012.NATPET said that GCC polymers capacity rose by 2.2 million tons in 2012, with 14 percent year-on-year growth. The bu...
CHICAGO: Boeing is teaming up with BlackBerry on a secretive, self-destructing smartphone developed for use by US defense and homeland security employees and contractors.The partnership showcases a push by Boeing, the second- largest US defense contractor, into software development as sales slow for its military hardware am...
Under the patronage of Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Federation of GCC Chambers will be organizing the closing ceremony of the 2nd Gulf campaign for the “GCC Inventors 2014” in Riyadh on Monday.The program, which is being organized in cooperation with the UN-ESCWA Technology C...
LONDON: Brent oil prices plummeted this week to five-year lows underneath $60 per barrel as markets were rocked by shrinking Chinese manufacturing output, economic turmoil in Russia and ample crude supplies.Brent is down nearly 14 percent and US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude has shed nearly 16 percent in December, and...
KUWAIT CITY: Gulf countries are bracing for tough times as vital oil revenues fall and after they missed a golden opportunity to diversify their economies in a decade of unprecedented windfalls, analysts say.The six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) could soon start reeling from falling oil prices, which have dr...
LONDON: Global defense spending is likely to remain constant for the next two years as tumbling oil prices cut the budgets of Middle East exporters, but swell the coffers of Asia-Pacific importers, defense analysts IHS said.With Brent crude recently falling below the symbolic $60 dollar (48.8 euros) mark — a 50 percent drop...
LONDON: "If we consider the actual basis of this (intelligence), how unreliable and transient it is, we soon realize that war is a flimsy structure that can easily collapse and bury us in its ruins."German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz was writing about the role of intelligence in warfare, but his insight about unre...

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Oil price and global conflictsA number of flashpoints in the world including Ira...
On Dec. 16, the Taleban attacked an army school in Peshawar and killed 132 child...
The report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, detailing th...
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It is said that artists represent the consciousness of people. If so, then artist Helen Zughaib has accomplished this in her recent exposition: “Fractured Spring,” which, in part, examines the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the desperate depression that followed the initial euphoria.
Zughaib’s latest work consists of paintings, many of...

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Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues.
The invention opens up the possibility of implanting almost unnoticeable sensors inside the body, letting doctors keep a close eye on a dodgy heart, for example.
“Just by applying to the b...

FASHION »

LONDON: Singer Jennifer Lopez and real-life princess Kate Middleton have been voted the top trendsetters of 2014.
Following closely behind them was Beyoncé, who placed third on the list, but surprisingly selfie queen Kim Kardashian was featured last on the top ten list, which was based on a survey conducted on 1,000 American women by online...

TRAVEL »

The great variety of dramatic natural phenomena proves that Mother Nature can surprise even the most seasoned traveler.
Some destinations are made especially for those who love to relax, explore and appreciate nature. Arab News lists some of the prettiest places that are works of nature around the world:

Cave of Crystals, Naica,...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Authentic Lebanese food can be hard to find at times, especially as one roams through the maze of restaurants in Jeddah. Look no further, Shababik is one of the top authentic Lebanese restaurants in town, with its name meaning the woodwork covering windows as it was in the old Dey’aah. Each household would have its own personalized woodwork different from the other households around as it was a sign of beauty and sophistication. Having trained Lebanese chefs and sous chefs in the homeland, the restaurant presents its dishes just as it would be if one was visiting any area in Lebanon.The luxury restaurant is located on the top floor of Ana Ghair Mall on Sultan Street close to Tahlia Street....
The subject of chemicals is very long and complicated. I would like you to bear with me and read on to the end of this series of articles. It is important to become aware in order to protect your children and yourself. In Part 5, I wrote about the dangers of the misuse and abuse of antibiotics by humans as well as its indirect use through cattle and chicken in order to fatten them. But, the story about drugs did not end there. I will briefly tell you more about other harmful drugs in order to complete the topic.Painkillers and anti-inflammatory and antipyretic drugs produce their own share of harmful effects. Long-term use can inflict damage on the liver, our vital organ that is our body’s...
This explosive title 'The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier' keeps all its promises from the very first pages. Right from the introduction, we are told things we have wanted to hear for a long time.Whether we are slim or overweight, we have all at one point wondered why fat no longer means what it used to. In the past, fat has often been associated with the idea of affluence and wealth meaning that overweight people had a good life and didn’t suffer from hunger. Women were also loved for their curvaceous body whereas nowadays fat is considered ugly and unhealthy. We live now in a world where we are conditioned to lose weight, eat low-fat food and fit in...

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LOS ANGELES: The list of contenders for best foreign film got a bit smaller Friday as the Academy of Motion Pictures Art...
JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Saturday welcomed back home its first Miss World winner in 40 years, Rolene Strauss, with wild cheers and ululations.Hundreds turned up at O.R. Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student was crowned Miss World 2014 at a glitzy final in London last Sunday.Dressed in the country’s national colors, South Africans waved placards, flags and portraits of Strauss at a colorful ceremony staged at the airport in Johannesburg.She accepted a bouquet of flowers from a young girl in a wheelchair.Strauss is the first Miss World from...
SEOUL: North Korea on Saturday called for a joint investigation with the United States into a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, claiming it had means to prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with it.The proposal comes after US President Barack Obama warned North Korea Friday that it would face retaliation for the cyber attack over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang.“As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident,” said a spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry.“Without resorting to...

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